About

The focus of the Melbye-Konan Gallery is on contemporary art. The gallery exhibits established and emerging artists from Africa in dialogue with Western artists. The premises are located on the ground floor of the prestigious building complex - Apartimentum - which the owner Lars Hinrichs, founder of Xing, had completely renovated in 2015 and equipped with the latest technology. The light-flooded, architecturally outstanding exhibition rooms with a ceiling height of five metres and an exhibition area of 400 square metres offer space for creative design concepts at museum level. 

Galerie Melbye-Konan is one of the top young galleries in Germany (Handelsblatt) and, one of the galleries on the "Venice Biennale Power List » (Artnet). Currently, the artists Aron Demetz and Yeanzi, represented by the gallery, are exhibiting at the Biennale Arte de Venezia in the Ivory Coast Pavilion (23 April - 27 November 2022). 

The gallery also exhibits at international art fairs, and collaborates with museums and institutions for curatorial projects. International collectors, who even come to Hamburg especially from Paris, London, Maastricht, New York and Hong Kong, among others, appreciate Stella Melbye-Konan's more than 10 years of experience in the field of modern and contemporary art. She has curated exhibitions and worked in renowned museums and institutions such as the Center Pompidou, the Musée Carnavalet and with the French star architect Dominique Perrault. Gallery owner Stella Melbye-Konan studied art history and communication in her hometown of Hamburg as well as museum management at the renowned École du Louvre in Paris. 

Artists represented by the gallery have been shown in the following exhibitions and art fairs: 59. Venice Biennale, Institut francais, Mohammed VI Museum, Fondation Montresso, Fondation Donwahi, Palais de la Culture in Abidjan, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Cocody, Musée Municipal d'Art Contemporain in Abidjan, Palais présidentiel d'Abidjan, Pension funds CNPS Abidjan, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Art Miami, Cape Town Art Fair, Imago Mundi Collection...

Regular gallery talks, art dinners and exclusive events make the gallery a unique venue for art exchange. The loft-like gallery spaces, conceived in partnership with international designer Walter Knoll and Ulrike Krages, are centrally located while also offering discretion. The result is a fascinating place and definitely makes the gallery an art highlight in the German art scene.